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Fwd: Bicycle Lane for El Camino

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 15:27:13 -0700

Dear City Council members,

I wholeheartedly agree with Lee Duboc's note as included below.

Safe biking is important and the bike lobby is effective, but let's not
1) Use ECR as a suboptimal (and more dangerous) solution, when there are
other N/S routes to be considered.
2) Let's not let a minority impose a negative impact on the vast majority
of folks who benefit from traffic flowing better on ECR, including
merchants and residents.

Thank you,

Jim Gerber

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From: Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:42 AM
Subject: Bicycle Lane for El Camino
To: Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)

Fellow Residents,

On Tuesday May 3, the City Council will again discuss El Camino Real
<http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/10131>, specifically bike vs
auto lanes.

I have written the following letter to the City Council.

You can add your thoughts by emailing city.council_at_(domainremoved)

Also, please let me know whether you think an advisory initiative is a good

Thanks, Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)

Dear City Council,

My thoughts on the ECR decisions you are faced with tonight.

1. Traffic on ECR is horrendous.

2. The issue is of great importance to local citizens and merchants.

3. I believe the bike lobby is effective, but comparatively small. Notice
the number of bike *commuters* as you travel around.

4. Removing “up to 7 heritage trees—maybe” as the staff report states, is
not a reason to eliminate the planned right-hand turn lane on Ravenswood
northbound. In California, growing and replacing trees is easy.

5. El Camino Real, with its curb cuts and driveways and buses, is obviously
not a safe bike route. There are better north south alternatives. Let’s
find them.

Because this is such an important topic, you might consider putting an
Advisory Initiative on the ballot.

Thanks for listening. Former Council Member, Lee Duboc

p.s. This letter refers only to ECR, not to east-west bike connectivity,
which I support.

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